Join Prospect Park Alliance for family fun on Columbus Day. Photo courtesy of Prospect Park
Join Prospect Park Alliance for family fun on Columbus Day. Photo courtesy of Prospect Park

Columbus Day Weekend Things To Do with Kids in NYC: Parade, Fall Fests, Skating, Theater

Columbus Day weekend is here, and there's so much to do with kids around NYC it would take another three-day weekend to fit everything in. The annual Columbus Day Parade steps off in Midtown on Monday, of course, and there are Indigenous Peoples' Day celebrations at the National Museum of the American Indian and the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Children's Museum, and the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

This weekend also brings FREE fall festivals in full force, including the Kings County Fiber Festival, the Annual Harvest Festival in Carl Schurz Park, and the King Manor Fall Festival. Plus there's a Hip Hop Halloween Celebration at the RISE Center in Brooklyn, the Honey and Harvest Festival at the NYBG, and the annual Narrows Botanical Harvest Fest, complete with a canine costume contest.

Great kid-friendly concerts, exhibits, and shows abound, too: It's opening weekend for The Pout-Pout Fish at New Victory Theater, or you can catch an unstaged reading of a new musical, The Seven Princesses (free!). Joanie Leeds serenades little fans at Symphony Space, Angelina Ballerina takes up residence in the West Village (and we have a deal for 50% off tickets), and The Big One-Oh! celebrates the magic of turning ten. Babies can parachute into Nooma at Carnegie Hall. And don't miss La Mama Kids' Tomte, a shadow puppet performance based on a story by Astrid Lindgren.

To the delight of tiny creature fans, the butterflies are back at the American Museum of Natural History. The Rockefeller Center Skating Rink is open for the season. And football afficionados can get their game on at the Paley's Family Tailgating exhibit, complete with a live screening of the Jets v. Cowboys game on Sunday.

Read on for our top picks for the coming weekend, or check out our list of 25 Fun Things to Do on Columbus Day in NYC. Also, be sure to check our October GoList and just released Halloween Guide to help you plan out the rest of this fall. As always, our Event Calendar is full of activities and events for every day of the week.


Prospect Park Zoo
Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY 11217

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd
New York, NY 10458

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue Ecology Building
Bronx, NY

Children's Museum of Manhattan
212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024

Linda Gross Theater
336 West 20th Street
New York, NY

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
66 East 4th Street The Downstairs
New York, NY 10003

Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets
New York, NY

The Old Stone House
336 Third Street
Brooklyn, NY

Irving Square Park
1230 Halsey St
Brooklyn, NY 11207

Carl Schurz Park
East End Avenue Between East 84th and East 88th Street
New York, NY 10028

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

King Manor Museum
150-03 Jamaica Ave, King Park
Queens, NY 11432

RISE Center
58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway, NY

Fort Tryon Park, Dongan Lawn
11 Dongan Pl Enter at Dongan Place and Broadway
New York, NY 10040

Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue 4th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Narrows Botanical Gardens
Shore Road
Brooklyn, NY

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Ave
Astoria, NY 11106

The Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Soho Playhouse
15 Vandam St
New York, NY 10013

The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019

Fifth Avenue
44th St to 72nd St
New York, NY

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

Staten Island Children's Museum @ Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Prospect Park
Prospect Park Lefferts Historic House, Audubon Center
Brooklyn, NY

Staten Island Children's Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
, 10019

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY